Scholars and business experts have endeavored to define an effective leader. Some theorists suggested that effective leadership is simply assigning and directing, while others support a more comprehensive philosophy of collaboration with followers, planning, hard work and continuous practice from leaders to lead effectively.
This paper seeks to compare and contrast two business leaders to ascertain which the more effective leader is. Firstly, I would introduce two leaders with ephemeral biographies and identify how their traits, behaviors, experience and values influenced and organized their individual groups in achieving the organization goals and strategies.
1. Effective Leadership
Former perspectives on leadership focused on the position of the leader in the organization which led to theories and research on how positional leaders carry out their aims in the organization. These leaders used legitimate, cohesive and reward power (French and Raven 1959) to influence and direct their followers.
Over time, new viewpoints such as Fred E Fielder (1976) leadership effectiveness theory known as the “Contingency Theory of Leadership Effectiveness” were developed. Fred E Fielder supported the move from research on traits and personal characteristics of leaders, to leadership styles and behaviors. The situational contingency theory states that a group’s effectiveness depends on the leader’s trait and the demands of the situation.
Leaders for the first time not only re-examined their conventional positional approach to leadership, but decided on a more collaborative approach, reciprocal relationship which included the role, value of the follower in the leadership process
Jeff Preston Bezos – is an American Internet Entrepreneur and E-Commerce pioneer and investor. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AMAZON.com
The …. States that the AMAZON.com’s founder is a study in contradiction, analytical and intuitive, careful and audacious, playful and determined”
Jeff Bezos was born on January 12, 1964 in New Mexico. At a very young age Jeff Bezos loved computers and the Sci-Fi TV series, Star Trek and he studied computer science and electrical engineering at Princeton University. After graduation he worked on Wall Street where he became the youngest Vice President at the Investment firm, DE-Shaw.
After reading a study in 1994, which indicated that the internet was growing at a rate of two thousand three hundred percent per year, Jeff Bezos decided to capitalize on that growth where he made a risky move into the world of commerce. He quit his job, obtained funding of three hundred thousand from his parents and moved to Seattle, a location where he knew he could source young IT professions.
Jeff Bezos operating from his garage with a few employees targeted the untapped potential of the internet market by opening an online bookstore from which the company AMAZON.com was born.
AMAZON.com sold books...